What Are Superfoods?
A food referred to as a ‘Superfood’ is one that offers large nutritional benefits while being low in calories. Typically this will be a food that is also high in antioxidants and providing vital vitamins and minerals that largely benefit the body and help with everyday bodily functions. Nutritionally rich foods contain Antioxidants.
Antioxidants help the body neutralise free radicals that occur in the body as a result of energy production and the body breaking down food. Free radicals damage the body’s cells, leading to illness and disease. Over time, this can also cause aging.
Although what one person classes as a Superfood may differ from another, due to factors such as allergies and dietary requirements, by incorporating food with high vitamins and minerals it is possible to lead a healthier lifestyle through regular consumption of this type of food.
Types Of Superfoods
Berries such as Blueberries, Raspberries and Cranberries are dense in amino acids and a range of antioxidants. High in Vitamin C & E, Berries help prevent a number of different cancers and against heart disease. A person that consumes Berries on a daily basis is likely to have lower cholesterol and blood pressure.
Eating Soy has clear health benefits to the cardiovascular system and helps reduce blood pressure. Research suggests that regular consumption of Soy helps prevent age-related memory loss and the impact aging has on bones. Soy is low in saturated fats while high in vitamins, minerals and polyunsaturated fats (healthy fats).
Undoubtedly, vegetables are an important food source in a balanced diet. Leafy Green vegetables are all high in Vitamin A, B, C, E and K. These are high in fibre and therefore good for the digestive systems, helping for regular excretion as well as preventing constipation. This type of food also helps fight against obesity and is good for an individual’s mental health and wellbeing.
A small amount of Dark Chocolate consumed in moderation has great health benefits due to being high in flavonoids. This helps reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer. It is important to factor in that chocolate bought in a shop will typically be high in sugar and other unhealthy ingredients, therefore it should be consumed in moderation and in its most pure form, where possible.
Incorporating Superfoods in the diet
While eating Superfoods has clear benefits to a person, it is important an individual looking to lead a healthy lifestyle is mindful of eating a balanced diet that suits their lifestyle. For example, a person with allergies or an intolerance to a certain food group may not be benefited by eating a certain food even if it is considered a superfood with clear health benefits, it would be more beneficial for that person to find a healthy food, they enjoy eating on a regular basis, have access to and are able to incorporate into their diet.